Healthy Eating in Schools

The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards & Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 2013 places a duty on local authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools to promote healthy eating in schools.

It replaces our Appetite for Life guidelines, which were used as the basis for new regulations to improve the nutritional standards of food and drink served in schools.

There have been long-standing concerns about the number of children who are overweight or obese, and the impact this has on health and well-being, especially in relation to reducing health inequalities. Poor diet is a major contributing factor. The food and drink provided in schools can make a positive contribution towards giving children and young people a healthy balanced diet and encouraging them to develop good eating habits. To address these concerns the Measure was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 8 July 2009 and received Royal Approval on 15 October 2009.

 What constitutes healthy eating and drinking?

Healthy eating is about consuming a varied diet to get the right amount of nutrients to promote growth and good health. Legislation made under the Measure regulates healthy eating and drinking to ensure that food and drink in schools provide essential nutrients, and that saturated fat, sugar and salt are restricted.

 The Healthy Eating Regulations apply to all food and drink served to pupils at breakfast, break times, lunchtimes, afternoon break and after-school-clubs across the whole school day in all maintained schools; whether such food/drink is provided by the local authority, in-house by the school or by a contract caterer. The Healthy Eating Regulations also apply to food and drink served at any outlet on school premises throughout the school day, e.g. school tuck shop, vending machine, outside serving area, canteen, sixth form café, etc.